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Jason Holder appointed West Indies ODI captain; Darren Sammy to captain T20 team

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The West Indies Cricket Board today announced that all-rounder Jason Holder has been appointed West Indies One Day International Captain. The 23-year-old Holder takes over from Dwayne Bravo.

WICB thanked Bravo for his service to West Indies cricket in the capacity of the ODI Captain after taking over from Darren Sammy a year ago. The recommendation for transition of the captaincy role was made by the Clive Lloyd chaired Selection Panel and was approved by the Board of Directors.

Lloyd said that Holder’s appointment was with an eye to the future.

“Jason is one of the good, young players who we believe will form part of the long-term future of West Indies Cricket. We expect him to be around for a very long time. He is a young man with a very bright future. We have invested in him. He was part of High Performance Centre and he also played for the West Indies Under-19 Team and the West Indies A Team,” Lloyd said.

“He has played ODIs for the West Indies before and has done well. We know he will continue to grow and demonstrate leadership. He has a very good cricketing brain and has the makings of a very good leader,” said the former legendary West Indies Captain as he gave the stamp of approval to Holder.

Holder

Lloyd added: “The selectors decided that now is the time to make the transition and Jason will have people around him to help and guide him. Some might say it’s close to the time of next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand but we know that we have a good One-Day team which can do very well.”

Holder has appeared in 21 ODIs and has taken 29 wickets. He is highly regarded in his native Barbados and the wider Caribbean as possessing an astute cricketing mind and desirable leadership qualities. He previously served as Vice Captain of the West Indies A Team. Holder has also appeared in one Test and a T20 International.

His first assignment will be the West Indies five-match series in South Africa which follows the Test and T20 series.

WEST INDIES ODI SQUAD

Jonathan Carter has received his maiden overseas tour call and Narsingh Deonarine, makes a comeback after some strong recent performances. Left handed batsman Leon Johnson is retained and all-rounders Carlos Brathwaite and Andre Russell are also included in the squad which has the experienced top order duo of Chris Gayle (subject to fitness test) and Dwayne Smith.

Fast bowling will be handled by Jerome Taylor with support from Sheldon Cottrell. Sulieman Benn is the lone specialist spinner in the ODI squad. Kemar Roach, who was originally identified for selection, has joined the injury list. A replacement player will be named shortly.

“We have decided to introduce a few new players to the international stage and once they deliver the performances we are looking for we believe we have the right kind of foundation to take the game forward,” Lloyd noted. “We are in a situation where we want to go up the ladder in all three formats and aim to form teams which will take us there.”

West Indies One Day International Squad

Jason Holder (Captain)

Sulieman Benn

Carlos Brathwaite

Jonathan Carter

Sheldon Cottrell

Narsingh Deonarine

Leon Johnson

Chris Gayle

Denesh Ramdin

Andre Russell

Marlon Samuels

Lendl Simmons

Dwayne Smith

Jerome Taylor

15th member to be named shortly

WEST INDIES T20 SQUAD

All-rounder Darren Sammy continues to lead the West Indies Twenty20 team. Samuel Badree and Krishmar Santokie are also on the injury list. Ashley Nurse returns to the Windies squad after a three year hiatus. He will team up with countryman Benn in handling spin duties.

“We have some very good cricketers, who have done very well in the T20 format. We will again be led by Darren Sammy, who led us to a World Cup. He has been the leader for quite a while and I’m sure he will galvanize the players to look to win the series,” Lloyd said.

“We will be without Badree and Santokie, who have both been excellent in the bowling department for us, but we have again introduced some new faces and expect them to acquit themselves very well.”

West Indies Twenty20 Squad

Darren Sammy (Captain)

Sulieman Benn

Carlos Brathwaite

Dwayne Bravo

Sheldon Cottrell

Andre Fletcher

Chris Gayle (subject to fitness test)

Jason Holder

Ashley Nurse

Kieron Pollard

Denesh Ramdin

Andre Russell

Marlon Samuels

Lendl Simmons

Dwayne Smith

All selections are contingent upon players signing the Match Tour Contract.

SCHEDULE OF MATCHES

December 10-12: vs SA Invitational XI at Willowmore Park, Benoni – Match Drawn

December 17-21: 1st Test – South Africa won by an innings and 220 runs – SuperSport Park, Centurion

December 26-30: 2nd Test – St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth

January 2-6: 3rd Test – Newlands, Cape Town

January 9: 1st T20I – Newlands, Cape Town

January 11: 2nd T20I – New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

January 14: 3rd T20I – Kingsmead, Durban

January 16: 1st ODI – Kingsmead, Durban

January 18: 2nd ODI – New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

January 21: 3rd ODI – Buffalo Park, East London

January 25: 4th ODI – St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth

January 28: 5th ODI – SuperSport Park, Centurion

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14 comments

  1. Couldn't agree with poster who said Bravo, Pollard and Sammy should be axed permanently from any West Indian squad. Their puerile actions in India led to West Indies being saddled with a US$42 mil bill from the Indians. Bravo, Sammy and Pollard's easy money from the 20/20 cricket they participate in around the world should be garnished to help pay that 42 mil. Not only that they should be banned from 20/20 cricket. WICB should not issue them clearance to play. The thing is none of them are special. None of them could make the teams that Worrell, Sobers, Lloyd or Richards led to cricket glory. If I never hear these three jokers names again in life it would be too soon. A bunch of selfish jackasses.

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    • Buddy the WICB and WIPA have just as much blame to take for the WICB losing money. The players have blame to take no doubt. You want to blame Sammy Pollard and Bravo but it seems that you forgot that on the very last match they played in India before they abandoned the rest of the series that the players were on field during the toss. The other players were very much in support of their captain. Well with the exception of Marlon Samuel. The WICB for years have been plagued with crappy decisions by their board and by management. It was only a matter of time before something like that happened.

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    • The post was meant to begin with- Couldn't agree more with poster-

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  2. Job well done Jason, you are a discipline, respectful, ambitious and talented young man. I met you one on one at the golf club in saintlucia, continue to strive for the best.. GOD BLESS....

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  3. What happen yo Johnson charles on the odi squad

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  4. YOU ALL CAN CHANGE CAPTAINS TILL DOOMS DAY NOTHING WILL CHANGE

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  5. The future looks very promising for WI cricket. I am delighted that Bravo Sammy and Pollard were axed for the behavior in India.

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    • The future will become even more promising when the individuals at the head of the WICB go. Earnest Hilaire warned them that they had to make a change to the their contracts or things like this would happen but then I guess two people from the small island at the helm was just plain madness.

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  6. Good move but we can do without Chris Gayle.

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  7. The ODI team will definitely miss the regular finisher Daren Sammy

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  8. Good move.Enough of the recycling of incompetent traditional players.All the best Jason

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  9. Oh my , our west Indies cricket done ! If u see the players used to get big money like IPL players, me think we would be #1 in cricket !

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  10. Where is Sunil narine? Is he injured? I know he was called during the clt20 for throwing allegations but this wasn't official. Why are so many senior players suddenly injured or unavailable? Do selectors enjoy watching west Indies getting hammered so they send a second rate team over there for the shorter formats? Also, there is no bite in this test squad. I have realised that if anyone is lacking form, as long as they play against west Indies, this form is miraculously regained. Smh smh smh.

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